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Hurricane preps for senior citizens

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Hurricane season begins on Saturday so you may want to start making your plans right now.

If you're responsible for children, pets or elderly people, an evacuation could take a lot longer than you think.

Remember, senior citizens may need their walkers or wheelchairs and you'll want to make sure they also have an extra supply of their prescription medications.

"The whole premise is having enough time to evacuate," said Gregory Gomez-Mira with Home Instead Senior Care. "Making sure that the medications they need are with them and preparing a ‘go bag' to provide all these items for them."

Experts say, if you're forced to evacuate you should be ready to provide one gallon of drinking water per person, per day – and enough packaged foods to last for three to five days.

Also, it wouldn't hurt to keep your gas tank topped off any time there's a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more tips aimed at helping senior citizens prepare for emergencies like Hurricanes, click here:

http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-safety/health-information-management/senior-emergency-kit/

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